1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Heady Topper - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
Heady TopperHeady Topper

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,161 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,161
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,600
Gots: 1,206 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA” 75 IBU 8.0% abv

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004)
View: Beers (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 7,161 | Reviews: 1,543 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BBP:
Photo of BBP
BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden with nice haze. Head is minimal, even for the style. A pinch of lacing

The aroma hits you right after you open up the can. Pine and lemon zest come off of the aroma and it's quite floral while at the same time a bit bitter. Despite all of this, the aromas aren't blurred and it's pretty crisp.

The taste is considerably elaborate without being muddled. This, like the can describes, is not an over the top DIPA, yet it does provide some solid bitterness. It focuses mostly on the hop character, so in that regard, the bitterness that comes through is quite impressive. It begins with major pine resin from the hops, and then takes a citrus spin, only to come back to the resin for the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Everything is quite smooth, and it's not noticeably too thin or too thick. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky. A bit of alcohol heat takes away from it, but aside from that it's perfect.

Overall, this beer isn't what I expected, but it is as good as I expected. This was incredibly refined, while also giving a solid dose of bitterness and aggression. I would really love to get my hands on more of this stuff.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 22:02:15 | More by BBP
More User Reviews:
Photo of cmacwiz
cmacwiz

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-10-2014 06:31:58 | More by cmacwiz
Photo of jaeone
jaeone

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2014 05:45:52 | More by jaeone
Photo of Dwkasper
Dwkasper

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2014 04:55:31 | More by Dwkasper
Photo of zonker17
zonker17

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-10-2014 04:48:05 | More by zonker17
Photo of neodenium
neodenium

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-10-2014 03:44:43 | More by neodenium
Photo of natestahlnecker
natestahlnecker

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-10-2014 02:06:12 | More by natestahlnecker
Photo of Khodgkins
Khodgkins

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-10-2014 00:36:10 | More by Khodgkins
Photo of yourunclewalt
yourunclewalt

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 23:42:46 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of Adam221
Adam221


4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-09-2014 23:35:04 | More by Adam221
Photo of kehlah
kehlah

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-09-2014 23:31:09 | More by kehlah
Photo of dr_stevebrule
dr_stevebrule


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 23:20:23 | More by dr_stevebrule
Photo of Bristol5
Bristol5

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 22:57:32 | More by Bristol5
Photo of bcc004
bcc004

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-09-2014 16:47:25 | More by bcc004
Photo of jbriggs7
jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-09-2014 16:43:24 | More by jbriggs7
Photo of cdgrunde
cdgrunde


4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-09-2014 15:31:40 | More by cdgrunde
Photo of Shayan
Shayan


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 09:47:34 | More by Shayan
Photo of Uf0T0fU
Uf0T0fU

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 04:27:42 | More by Uf0T0fU
Photo of thehoppydays
thehoppydays

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 03:37:11 | More by thehoppydays
Photo of fastestmanalive
fastestmanalive

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

07-09-2014 03:26:41 | More by fastestmanalive
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-09-2014 03:05:26 | More by GClarkage
Photo of jefftuck47
jefftuck47

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-09-2014 01:55:58 | More by jefftuck47
Photo of Ajf332
Ajf332

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 00:53:26 | More by Ajf332
Photo of Abluestein
Abluestein


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-08-2014 22:09:18 | More by Abluestein
Photo of Doug537
Doug537

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-08-2014 21:28:46 | More by Doug537
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,161 ratings.